Offenders with physical disabilities comprise a particularly vulnerable group at the various stages of the criminal justice system.
Their situation and special needs have not been the focus of much attention. While figures about the number of inmates with disabilities worldwide are scarce, some studies suggest that their numbers are growing due to the increasing prison population in most countries and the significant increase of older inmates.
The various barriers that may hinder their full effective participation in society are magnified in prisons, given the nature of the closed environment, lack of proper inmate differentiation, supervision and care, among others. While behind bars, people with disabilities are often deprived of necessary medical care, as well as needed support, services, and accommodations. They are also easy targets for abuse, violence and discrimination from other inmates and prison staff.
We develop programmes that address the special needs and challenges of prisoners and offenders with disabilities.